Environmental Studies Faculty

Ronald Erickson

Ronald Erickson

Professor Emeritus


Brief Bio

I was fortunate to be among the faculty who founded EVST in 1970 and served as the program’s director from 1976 through 1984. I was happy to teach a wide variety of courses from Environmental Chemistry to Biological Conservation, to Environmental Ethics through Story, but my favorite was a 300 level course called Ethics, Beauty, and the Environment.  What inspired me the most was the caring and competence of the diverse students who entered the program and went on to work in a multitude of ways to help to heal the planet. After teaching my last course in 1998, I entered electoral politics and served until 2013 in the Montana Legislature, first as a Representative, then as a Senator.